5/23/2013 Deaf Interpreter Services in K-12 Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: David Brenna, 360-725-6238, david.brenna@k12.wa.us

Olympia, Washington – March 23, 2013

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) today released a draft report in response to a 2012 Legislative budget requirement to advance deaf interpreter services for children in K-12 education. The report is to be presented to the board during its July meeting. The report makes recommendations to the board for identifying deaf education interpreter assessments and setting a minimum standard for interpreters working in public education.

In meeting the requirements from the Legislature, the board relied on professionals in the field of deaf and hard of hearing. Meeting in March, a representative group rated various possible assessments that would confirm the skills of interpreters and made a recommendation that one of two qualifications would meet minimum standards for interpreters in Washington State:

  • The Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) with a minimum score of 3.5 AND the EIPA written test with a passing score; OR
  • National Interpreting Certificate with Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) AND the EIPA written test with a passing score.

More information on the process and the selection of minimum standards can be found in the report. The PESB welcomes comments on the recommendations. Comments should be sent by email to david.brenna@k12.wa.us. The comment period ends June 14, 2013.

The full report can be found at http://www.pesb.wa.gov/publications/reports/reports-2.